Why the NEW ANSI A92 M.E.W.P. Standards are delayed. Will they publish? – – Help – – who really knows whats going on. . .

What is the mission of ANSI? Has the A92 through process met its obligations to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity?

When do these standards get written, who are the developers, what companies are represented, and how did this all get started?

These are a few of the questions to be answered. This is an important part as we wrap our minds around why it has taken over 8 years to publish a set of standards that originated from Europe in 1999. (you read that right, 1999 to 2020). Still the United States M.E.W.P. industry has not updated or conformed to the ISO standards developed and published for many many years.

Please leave a like and stay tuned, I am in the process of writing an opinion based, fact filled article updating the curious on how the ANSI appeals work, why they are important, and just how the American Access Industry found itself without a law or industry standard free of commercial terms and indemnities.

If you find interest in Standard development. I have a real treat in store for you. We will go through historical and international data to draw a connection and bring to light issues previously sheltered on the development and accreditation of the following standards. Please note: this article will focus on the ANSI/SAIA A92 suite of standards but all others listed below are a needed part to your understanding of how this somewhat complex story pieces together as a whole.

  • ·        ANSI/SAIA A92.20-202X: Design, Calculations, Safety Requirements and Test Methods for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)
  • ·        ANSI/SAIA A92.22-202X: Safe Use for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)
  • ·        ANSI/SAIA A92.24-202X: Training Requirements for the Use, Operation, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)
  • ·        ANSI/SAIA A92.3-2006 (R2014) for Manually Propelled Elevating Aerial Platforms
  • ·        ANSI/SAIA A92.5-2006 (R2014) for Boom-Supported Elevating Work Platforms
  • ·        ANSI/SAIA A92.6-2006 (R2014) for Self-Propelled Elevating Work Platforms
  • ·        ANSI/SAIA A92.8-2006 (R2011) for Vehicle-Mounted Bridge Inspection and Maintenance Devices
  • ·        ANSI/SAIA A92.2-2015 for Vehicle-Mounted Rotating and Elevating Work Platforms
  • ·        ANSI/SAIA A92.7-2014 for Airline Ground Support Vehicle-Mounted Vertical Lift Devices
  • ·        ANSI/SAIA A92.9-2011 (R2017) for Mast-Climbing Work Platforms
  • ·        ANSI/SAIA A92.10-2009 (R2014) for Transport Platforms
  • ·        ANSI Z359.1, Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems and Components
  • ·        CAN/CSA-B311-02 (R2018) Safety Code for Manlifts
  • ·        CAN/CSA-B354.1-04 (R2016) Portable Elevating Work Platforms
  • ·        CAN/CSA-B354.2-01 (R2013) Self-Propelled Elevating Work Platforms
  • ·        CAN/CSA-B354.4-02 (R2013) Self-Propelled Boom-Supported Elevating Work Platforms
  • ·        CAN/CSA-B354.5-07 (R2016) Mast-Climbing Work Platforms
  • ·        CAN/CSA B354.7: …is an adoption, with Canadian deviations, of the identically titled ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Standard 18893 (second edition, 2014-04-15).  
  • ·        CSA C225:20 Vehicle-mounted aerial devices
  • ·        EN 280 – European Standard for Mobile Elevated Work Platforms – Design Calculations – Stability – Construction – Safety – Examinations and test.
  • ·        ISO/TC 214 – International Standard for Elevating Work Platforms
  • ·        ISO 16368:2010 Mobile elevating work platforms – Design, Calculations, safety requirements and test methods.
  • ·        ISO 16369:2007 Elevating work platforms – Mast climber work platforms
  • ·        ISO 16653-1:2008 Mobile elevating work platforms — Design, calculations, safety requirements and test methods relative to special features — Part 1: MEWPs with retractable guardrail systems
  • ·        ISO 16653-2:2009 Mobile elevating work platforms — Design, calculations, safety requirements and test methods relative to special features — Part 2: MEWPs with non-conductive (insulating) components
  • ·        ISO 16653-3:2011 Mobile elevating work platforms — Design, calculations, safety requirements and test methods relative to special features — Part 3: MEWPs for orchard operations
  • ·        ISO 18878:2013 Mobile elevating work platforms — Operator (driver) training
  • ·        ISO 18893:2014 Mobile elevating work platforms — Safety principles, inspection, maintenance and operation
  • ·        ISO 20381:2009 Mobile elevating work platforms — Symbols for operator controls and other displays
  • ·        ISO/FDIS 21455 Mobile elevating work platforms — Operator’s controls — Actuation, displacement, location and method of operation
  • ·        ISO 3864 (all parts), Graphical symbols — Safety colors and safety signs
  • ·        ISO 4302, Cranes — Wind load assessment
  • ·        ISO 4305, Mobile cranes — Determination of stability
  • ·        ISO 13850, Safety of machinery — Emergency stop — Principles for design
Forrest Hester, SAS Manager at GoSafe - Founder of Tutus LLC

It is remarkable to me that I find myself working and sitting where I do. Years of my life have passed and I acknowledge the overwhelming amount of documentation it has provided to evidence, detail, and date the rational for allegations presented to the Board of Standard Reviw (BSR). 570 days have passed since July 25, 2018 when Tutus filed the original appeal with the American National Standard (ANS) A92 Secretariat. To date, Tutus has produced over 1800 pages in an attempt to bring to light ANS A92 issues that were previously sheltered.

This is a piece I’ve been wanting to sit down and write for sometime. So please if your interested in reading leave me a like and in time I will leave you with a new understanding of standard development. Thank you for your interest and always remember to www.GoTutus.com

About the Author:

Forrest Hester is an advocate of assisting operators to promote safety. He is the chairman of the Aerial Work Platform Council with the Scaffold Access Industry Association (SAIA); a certified instructor with the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER); a member of the ANSI-Accredited Standards Developers (ASC) A92 committee; secretary for ANSI/SAIA A92.24 Training Requirements For The Use, Operation, Inspection, Testing And Maintenance Of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs); ANSI/SAIA A92.22 Safe Use Of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs); ANSI/SAIA A92.20 Design, Calculations, Safety Requirements And Test Methods For Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs); Member of ISO/TC 214 Elevating work platforms; Safe Use Of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs); and a member of North American Regional Council (NARC) with IPAF. Hester is also the founder of TUTUS LLC, a components part manufacturing company of dropped object prevention enclosures for aerial work platform equipment. Hester Currently is the Scaffold and Access Solutions manager with Medsafe a large distributor offering a full line of pre-screened Personal Protective Equipment, Occupational Health Products, Fall Protection and Customized Flame Resistant Garments. 

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